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November 28, 2012

SickKids President & CEO announces her retirement

The Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) announced today that Mary Jo Haddad has shared her intention to retire at the end of 2013. Haddad has served as the President & CEO of SickKids since 2004 and has held numerous leadership positions in children’s health for two decades prior to that.

“Mary Jo’s leadership of SickKids has been truly outstanding. Her passion, commitment and dedication to SickKids, and to advancing children’s health in general, has been unwavering,” said Bob Harding, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “She leaves behind a remarkable footprint on SickKids, its staff, patients and families. The health-care community at large is so fortunate to have benefitted from her collaboration, ideas, focus and tenacity over the past nine years."

Haddad completed graduate studies at the University of Toronto in Health Administration in 1998. In 2000, she became Vice-President, Child Health Services at SickKids overseeing more than half of the clinical programs. In August 2002, she also assumed the role of Chief Nurse Executive. In June 2003, Haddad was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.

Haddad currently chairs the Board of MaRS Innovation and the Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She has received many awards recognizing her leadership including the Order of Canada, an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Windsor, Premier’s Award, Canadian Nurses Association “A Nurse to Know” Centennial Achievement Award, Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and Top 50 Most Influential People in Toronto.

The Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee and the recruitment process for this important position has begun.

About The Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally.  Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized child and family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids is proud of its vision for Healthier Children. A Better World. For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca. Follow us on Twitter (@SickKidsNews) and Instagram (@SickKidsToronto).

For more information, please contact:

Matet Nebres
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-6380
email: matet.nebres@sickkids.ca